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Could what happened at the NIGP happen at any association? by Jon Hansen

April 15, 2015 by


Our Procurement Insights EU Editor Colin Cram wrote a very interesting post on the growing NIGP creditability crisis that is now known has #CodeGate. Based on more than 30 years in the public sector, Colin’s observations are at once insightful and troubling. Has more people become aware of the NIGP crisis, the following question is being raised […]

NIGP, Periscope by Colin Cram

April 11, 2015 by


Organisations such as NIGP frequently struggle to exist on membership subscriptions alone. They therefore have to find other sources of income. My interpretation of the issues identified by Jon Hansen is that the need for income may have led the NIGP into what appear to be some shady and unwise deals. In particular, if selling […]

New UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Support Radical Change in the Management of Public Procurement by Colin Cram

February 23, 2015 by

0 The UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 will become law on 26 February. This will facilitate the reform of the management of the £200billion annual procurement expenditure by the public sector that is happening increasingly quickly. The Regulations enact into UK the revised EU Procurement Directive that was introduced in 2014 and which the UK […]

‘Towards Tesco’? by Colin Cram

September 29, 2014 by


Pride comes before a fall. The mighty Tesco supermarket is in deep trouble. Not only have its sales fallen by 4.2% in the past year, it is now accused of an accounting scandal in which profits have been overstated by an estimated £250million. Procurement is implicated. According to The Times newspaper, part of the problem […]

Public Sector Procurement: Two Game-Changers within a Month by Colin Cram

March 26, 2014 by


Two public procurement game-changers in one month! Firstly, on 5 February the Cabinet Office announced the new structure for the Crown Commercial Service with Sally Collier as its new chief executive and Bill Crothers taking on the role of Chair[1]. The second game-changer is that the new EU Procurement Directive [2] was ratified by the […]

Year in the Life Series Winner to be announced on February 14th by Jon Hansen

February 13, 2014 by


Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
Well I have to start out by saying that I was more than a little surprised by the tremendous response that we received from the vendor community regarding the first Year in the Life of an eProcurement Start-up program. To everyone who had submitted the names of companies who they…

News Release: New Crown Commercial Service leadership team revealed

February 5, 2014 by


Cabinet Office unveils the leadership team that will help the Crown Commercial Service save the taxpayer money The senior leadership team is now in place that will help the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) drive forward the Government’s radical reforms to deliver the most efficient commercial services and get the best value for taxpayers’ money. Government […]

Acquiring Market Share: Why the recent Proactis acquisition of EGS Group may be a cup half-empty transaction by Jon Hansen

January 15, 2014 by


“The Proactis acquisition of EGS is set to provide access to the UK public sector. The joint customer list ranges from central government agencies and mid-sized companies in just about every industry sector, a variety of local governments, authorities and charities.” In a post I wrote this past September titled “BREAKING NEWS: Is the acquisition […]

BREAKING NEWS: Radical Change to UK Defence Procurement Remains the Plan by Colin Cram

December 10, 2013 by


Now it is official. The proposed semi-outsourcing of Defence procurement through a Government Owned Contractor Operated model is dead – or is it? The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond told MPs today that he was creating a “new arms-length government trading entity to buy equipment and supplies, which would be able to recruit […]

Ministry of Defence privatization plans: Setting up stakeholders for failure or success? by Andy Akrouche

December 10, 2013 by


Originally posted on Relational Contracting Intelligence Blog:
We are all familiar with quotes such as “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Even though the announcement that the Ministry of Defence’s plans to privatize its troubled procurement process would be scrapped has been anticipated for the past couple…